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David B Dollar, Trepak 

When: Tue., Aug. 30, 10 p.m. 2011
Price: Free

After a decade on the road, SNMNMNM stopped touring in 2007. Frontman Seamus Kenney became a sort of multi-instrumentalist for hire in the area: here with Lost in the Trees, there with Chris Stamey's Big Star tribute orchestra. But these half-dozen peripheral roles, though in visible acts, still left him wanting. "I'm not really wired that way," he says. "I'm like the class clown: I gotta get up in front."

The eight-strong Trepak features brass and strings; once the songs are solidified, Kenney wants to add a choreographed dance element (he's already spoken with local troupes). Yet he insists he's no experimentalist. "I write pop songs," he says. "You can write that I said not to say we're a disco band, but it's really inspired in that way. I love those old disco songs with the really intense string lines."

Kenney is comfortable enough with the microphone to be playing his second show with the new band without written lyrics to the songs. "I'll sing. Words will come out," he says casually. Kenney says he latches onto some ideas, but the words are still primarily stream-of-consciousness. "That's how I did it for our first show, and luckily I got a cold so you couldn't even tell." Durham artist David B. Dollar closes the show. —Corbie Hill

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